Mar 21, 2012, 1:24 PM
I really have too much time on my hands, and I'm not that old yet. I went to the Funeraria here in Queretaro state to ask them about the cost of dying.
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Assuming no holdups in a brief autopsy and pronouncement of death by the local authorities, the funeraria will pick up my dead body at the local Red Cross and transport it to their facility. No velatorio service.
The next day, they will transport my body to their crematorium in a simple container (cardboard box?) and cremate, and have my ashes waiting for pickup the next day. A Death Certificate can be obtained by someone else for a few pesos more at the local Registro Civil.
Before the cremation, they will remove all metal from my body. Yes, they will pull out my gold teeth, and yes, whoever picks up my ashes can receive those pieces of gold to sell and pay for my disposal. (hahaha - yes, I did ask this). Cost for the simple cremation, carton for the ashes and transport costs is 5500 pesos.
If I want my ashes stored in an urn in their facility, my urn will go into a niche with two other urns and then sealed. The upfront cost for this is another 6500 pesos, plus an annual maintenance cost of 300 pesos. Perpetual maintenance (the 300 pesitos per year) cannot be paid upfront in a lump sum. No annual payment received somewhere down the road and they will later pull out the urn and dispose of it somewhere. I asked if he would put in a deck of cards or some dominos so we 3 could pass perpetuity faster, but it didn't appear that he could. The funeral director did smile though.:-)
If I want my ashes shipped to another country, no problem. They include a copy of the Death Certificate with the ashes for Customs to let them pass. Forgot to ask about using Fed-Ex instead of Correos Mexico for the shipping of the ashes, or the shipping costs.
If I choose not to be cremated but want my body to be buried, they can do that. A basic casket, one velatorio service at the funeraria, transport from the autopsy and to the pantheon costs 6700 pesos total. The body would be buried the next day.
There are several private cemeteries here. A space for my casket and body costs 17,000 pesos upfront, plus an annual maintenance fee of 300 pesos. If the annual fee is not paid somewhere down the road, they will pull it out, cremate what's left and dispose of the ashes. A title to the space in the cemetery is received when the 17,000 pesos are paid. There is no way here to pay one lump sum for perpetual maintenance upfront, just 300 pesos per year. I didn't ask about any associated costs, such as a marker or headstone, etc.
One note from experience with an acquaintance who died leaving a mess, no MX will and no money in MX: US citizens need a death certificate to settle their affairs on the US side. Any final costs must be paid here in MX (any hospital or medical costs, cremation etc for the end ) before the MX side will issue a MX death certificate and/or release of the remains. That MX Death Certificate must then be sent to the US Embassy in DF and they will then issue another Death Certificate good for settling things on the US side. Avoid problems for your survivors by planning ahead. No survivors? No problem.
(This post was edited by GringoCArlos on Mar 21, 2012, 1:31 PM)